On March 14, we recognize the annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi)which is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. It's an opportunity for math enthusiasts worldwide to celebrate. Also, a good excuse to enjoy a slice of pie!🥧
Have you ever heard someone say they never used math once they left school? Not true for jewelers!
Jewelry designers use math extensively to determine how much material is needed for a project. When we are working with sterling silver or precious metals such as gold and platinum, we want to minimize waste.
Pi is used in calculations to determine the length of metal to cut for bracelets, rings, and bezels for stone setting.
How do we do this?
We use the following formula to calculate the length of wire or sheet to cut.
Now that you understand how jewelry designers use Pi, here's a bracelet to add to your collection. It's from the Mobius collection, which uses a different mathematical concept, for the distinctive twist. But that's another story....
How can you celebrate Pi Day?
First:thank your mathematics teachers. There is not a day that we don't use math.
Second:enjoy a slice of pie. It is a great excuse to put aside diets and enjoy a nice slice of pie.
Let me know how you'll celebrate Pi day and share some of your favorite pie recipes!
This is just a quick summary but you can see how important science and math are when creating something that is visually beautiful.